Boeing apologises to families who lost loved ones during Ethiopian Airlines crash

Boeing CEO Apologises Admits Faulty Software Led To Deadly 737 Max Crashes

Boeing is cutting production of its grounded Max airliner this month to focus on fixing flight-control software and getting the planes back in the air. That helped boost Boeing's shares 2.9 per cent to US$395.86 at the close in NY, paring the decline since last month's crash to 6.3 per cent.

Rep. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) on the fallout from the two Boeing 737 Max plane crashes.

"To ensure unintended MCAS activation will not occur again, Boeing has developed and is planning to release a software update to MCAS and an associated comprehensive pilot training and supplementary education program for the 737 Max".

The March 10 disaster, and parallels with another 737 Max crash in Indonesia last October in which 189 people died, has led to the worldwide grounding of Boeing's flagship model.

"We at Boeing are sorry for the lives lost in the recent 737 MAX accidents", chief executive Dennis Muilenburg said.

Shortly after the Lion Air crash previous year, Boeing issued a bulletin reminding operators of emergency guidelines to override the anti-stall system, amid indications it had received erroneous information from Angle of Attack sensors during that disaster.

The first time the MCAS software kicked in, the Ethiopian Airlines pilots quickly countered the movement by flicking switches under their thumbs - they had recognized the movements as the same type all flight crews had been warned about after the Lion Air flight.

Thursday's preliminary report found that both pilots performed all the procedures recommended by Boeing on the March 10 flight but still could not control the jet.

The Ethiopian government has now urged Boeing to review its flight control technology.

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Fitch Ratings said on Friday the impact on the airline industry in Asia from the grounding of Boeing 737 Max jets has been muted so far but may worsen in the second quarter of 2019.

Among other changes, the update will keep the safety system from kicking in when only one of the sensors detects a stall.

Getting the 737 Max back in the air and restoring public confidence in the aircraft is crucial to the future of Boeing, a critical driver of the United States economy that is locked in an existential duel with Europe's Airbus.

The Chicago-based planemaker blamed the accident on "a chain of events" and acknowledged the sensor malfunction.

The report from Ethiopia's Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau spelled more bad news for Boeing, as it recommended that Boeing re-examine its Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS).

The update adds additional layers of protection and will prevent erroneous data from causing MCAS activation, Boeing said.

"We have the responsibility to eliminate this risk, and we know how to do it", Muilenburg wrote.

In both cases, preliminary findings showed the pilots had wrestled with the anti-stall system, known as MCAS, which caused the planes to nose-dive repeatedly. "We own it and we know how to do it", the statement continues. Since the Lion Air crash, the manufacturer has had teams of engineers and technical experts working with the U.S. That may not be surprising, given that Ethiopian Airlines had just five of the planes, including ET-AVJ.

The pilot was also reported to have shouted out "pull up" three times, while the co-pilot reported the problem to air traffic control at a point it was certain that the aircraft's speed remained abnormally high.

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